HPS Receives $200,000 Donation from Stanley Black & Decker to Support Online Learning

HPS Receives $200,000 Donation from Stanley Black & Decker to Support Online Learning

 

PRESS RELEASE

Hartford Public Schools Receives $200,000 Donation from
Stanley Black & Decker to Support Online Learning 

(January 25, 2021, Hartford, CT) — To support technology access and online learning for Hartford Public Schools students, Stanley Black & Decker made a generous $200,000 donation to the district. The funds will be used to bridge the digital divide by providing devices for virtual learning at home and in-person and Wi-Fi hotspots to students who lack reliable access to the internet.

A lack of devices and internet connectivity emerged as barriers to online learning since the beginning of the pandemic. Before the pandemic began, only a few hundred HPS students had a district-issued device for learning at home, and this year, Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez has made a commitment to becoming a one-to-one district by providing a district device to each of our 17,802 students.

District devices have now been extended to every HPS student thanks to our ongoing efforts and the generous support from our public and private partners. Stanley Black & Decker is leading the way and their donation is crucial to ensuring all our students are equipped for the opportunities of the 21st Century. In addition to the purchasing of new and replacement devices, the donation will provide additional mobile hotspots for students without reliable internet at home. Connectivity has remained out of reach for some families due to the expense, lack of sufficient broadband, and other challenges such as unstable housing. 

“Hartford Public Schools is grateful to Stanley Black & Decker for their generous support that will help ensure ongoing access and opportunity for all our students,” said Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez. “Their partnership supports our commitment to keep our students engaged in their learning and provide an equitable education during and beyond this pandemic.”

“We applaud the state of Connecticut and Governor Ned Lamont as well as Hartford’s Mayor Luke Bronin and Hartford Public Schools for their commitment to closing the technology gap that emerged due to Covid-19,” said Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO Jim Loree. “We hope that our donation will help fill any remaining gaps that exist to facilitate online learning and ensure each student in Hartford has the necessary tools to succeed.” 

 

Contact:

John N. Fergus
Director of Communications & Marketing
Hartford Public Schools
330 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114
860-695-8515 – office
860-996-0344 – cell
fergj001@hartfordschools.org

Ziba Kashef
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
Hartford Public Schools
330 Wethersfield Ave.
Hartford, CT 06114
860-559-6626 – mobile
860-695-8676 – office
KASHZ002@hartfordschools.org